After not having a single player taken in last year's draft, the Tide had four players selected with one of them being a top ten pick. Some reactions from around SBN and elsewhere:
Andre Smith - Round 1 - 6th Overall - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincy Jungle - Bengals selection of Andre Smith makes sense and addresses a need
Yahoo! Sports - Even with the character concerns, the tape doesn't lie and Alabama OT Andre Smith is one of the most talented prospects in this year's draft. He is a physical, long-armed lineman who can play both tackle spots and reminds me a bit of Eagles OT Jason Peters.
Cincinnati.com - Of Smith's overly documented off-field screw-ups, Alexander allowed, "Whatever perception people have, their opinion will change."
Dayton Daily News - The Bengals’ No. 1 priority is protecting QB Carson Palmer, so they did the right thing, the smart thing, and selected Alabama OT Andre Smith No. 6 overall.
ESPN AFC North Blog - With Virginia left tackle Eugene Monroe still on the board for Cincinnati at No. 6 (he went to the Jaguars at No. 8), the Bengals chose Smith instead. The Bengals' history of drafting players with character concerns is well documented, and this pick will certainly be questioned once again in the Queen City.
Glen Coffee - Round 3 - 74th Overall - San Fransisco 49ers
Niners Nation - And so we have somebody to spell Frank Gore, maybe.
Yahoo! Sports - The 49ers needed to find a complement Frank Gore, and Coffee is the kind of tough slasher they wanted. He isn't a burner, but runs with good power and vision and loves to fight for yards after contact.
MercuryNews.com - Coach Mike Singletary envisions Coffee doing a bit of the dirty work for Gore, who has been incredibly durable in four seasons with the 49ers despite his lengthy injury history.
"Whatever Frank leaves over, whatever little bit Frank leaves on the plate, then (Coffee) can pick it up," Singletary said. "Coffee is a downhill guy. There's not a lot of slash in him. He's just coming right at you."
Niner Insider - The 49ers keep exploding myths about their draft process with their first choice of the draft's second day, taking relatively light running back Glen Coffee. Only 209 pounds, Coffee goes against the general manager Scot McCloughan's stated desire to get a big back to complement Frank Gore.
Testosterone Fantasy Sports (seriously?) - Coffee will serve as a change-of-pace for Frank Gore, but unlike the five backs taken before him, Coffee has little chance to see significant touches right away. He's not a speed guy, but also lacks raw power. Look for him to steal a few touches from Gore, but not enough to greatly affect Gore's fantasy stock.
Antoine Caldwell - Round 3 - 77th Overall - Houston Texans
Battle Red Blog - Caldwell is an intelligent player, which is necessary for a zone blocking scheme. Overall, I’m happy with this pick.
Yahoo! Sports - A nice fit for the Texans' zone blocking scheme who has the body control and athleticism to get to the second level and cut down defenders in space. Houston needed to add a bit more "pop" to their interior offensive line and Caldwell certainly fits the bill.
Scout.com - "So you need a guy who is capable of playing all three spots," Kyle Shanahan said. "Now we’ve got that guy, and it’s just as important as anything. Last year, I'd like to say it was lucky that all five guys stayed healthy all year. The odds of it happening again are not very high, so we needed a guy like this."
Dallas Morning News - "We think he can make the transition because he is a quick, agile guy and he can play all three of those spots," offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said. "He does have some snap and some power that makes him very versatile."
Rashad Johnson - Round 3 - 95th Overall - Arizona Cardinals
Revenge of the Birds - Positives: Cerebral defender. ... Reads the action quickly and puts himself in position to make big plays. ... Quick to recognize run and is able to often get to the ballcarrier before blockers can be effective. ... Reliable centerfielder who understands his position as the last line of defense and can break down in space to make the open-field tackle. ... Faster on the field than his 40 time would indicate due to his instincts. ... Natural playmaker. ... Baits the quarterback and has a good burst to close. ... Will fight for the ball and can snatch the ball at its highest point. ... Can track the ball over his shoulder. ... Has a history of making the big play at critical moments.
Yahoo! Sports - The Cardinals get a good value with productive Johnson. He is an instinctive safety who is always around the ball, but lacks the type of athleticism to make up for a false step.
Scout.com - Johnson will add much needed depth and versatility to the secondary. He was taught by former NFL Coach Nick Saban who employed complex schemes and systems, which can only help Johnson with the Cardinals cover packages.
Tuscaloosa News - "A weight has just been lifted off my shoulders. I've always waited for this day. The past couple of days have been very stressful, and I just feel blessed. I feel like I've been put into a good situation with a great team. I feel like I can step in and help them whether it's defense, special teams, whatever they need me to do," Johnson said after getting the good news.
Players not selected in the draft - QB John Parker Wilson, TE Nick Walker, TE Travis McCall, RG Marlon Davis, DE Bobby Greenwood. We'll keep you posted on any free agent signings over the next few days.